U11 Report 2019

Under 11 2019 was a highly enjoyable and successful year with a great bunch of young hurlers. The older members of the panel were also on the Under 13 panel so they were very busy.
We started back in February training under lights in the Loreto and then back to the pitch in late March. Our first blitz of the year was the CBS blitz in Palmerstown where we played Tullaroan, Gowran and Dunnamaggin, winning all 3 games. Our player of the day was Oran Hoyne who received a CBS jersey. Read more

GBC 50TH CELEBRATIONS AND BOOK LAUNCH – 22/11/2019 WHAT A NIGHT!!

Report by Philomena Brennan
Little did the founding fathers of our great club know back in the Spring of 1969 that their hopes and dreams of a united club would, fifty years later, culminate in a night of celebration which saw nearly 300 people pack into the Set Theatre in John Street to proudly announce that they were proud to be members of the Graigue-Ballycallan GAA Club.
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U13 Report 2019

Our U13’s competed in Roinn B in both Football and Hurling in 2019. We returned to training last February under lights in Loreto Astro turf, then returning to Tom Ryall Park in late March. We used the Football League to give game time to all the panel while getting ready for the Championship in April. We lost to Glenmore 4-6 to 3-2 in the opening round. Most of the panel enjoyed an extended run with St. Aidan’s school team which brought them to a Quarter Final in Roinn B and a Semi Final in the Country Cup.

Our league campaign ran from mid June to end of July. We were very competitive in all our matches, winning two, drew one and lost four to finish mid table. We prepared well for championship over the next few weeks where we played a fancied Galmoy/Windgap side. Again this young team gave everything for the jersey but lady luck deserted the boys who bowed out on a scoreline of: Galmoy/Windgap 3-9, GBC 1-9.( We were short 3 players due to holidays)

With the dates of League and Championship clashing with summer holidays, management never got a chance to play their strongest 15, nonetheless it gave everyone on the panel an opportunity to stake a place on the championship team. Overall, management were very happy with how the players carried themselves throughout these matches, the panel was very young with 5 U11’s starting v Galmoy/Windgap. A number of these players were involved in U14 and U12 tournaments throughout the year as well. Thanks to the ladies who looked after first aid during the year, Claire Roberts (Juvenile Secretary) and Maurice Ronan for their help during the year.
PANEL: Sean McGrath, Elliott Teehan, Cillian Hoyne, Ben Young, Aidan Comerford, Paidí Egan, James O’Halloran, Frank McCluskey, Tony Butler, Robbie Tector, Eoghan Cahill, Shane Cody, Robbie Lynch, Martin Brennan, Michael Tynan, Oran Hoyne, Keelan Lynch, Shane Hogan, Ben McEvoy, Aidan Ging, Cormac Neary, Sean O’Halloran, Andrew Tector. 
Report by Niall Egan

GBC 50 – Celebratory Night Friday 22nd November 2019

Friday 22nd November will be be a night to remember as we celebrate our club’s 50th year. We have a great night’s entertainment planned for The Set Theatre, Kilkenny!

We will be launching a book filled with great memories over the last 50 years and we have the legendary Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh as Special Guest on the night to launch the book. This will be followed by a ‘History of the Club’ presentation and there will be a Q and A with some of our former players. This is a free event but Please Note it is Strictly Over 18s. 

Doors will open at 7.30pm with the book launch commencing at 8pm SHARP

Pictured above is our Club Chairman, Dave O’Neill presenting the final draft of the book to Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh when he met him last week. 

U18 Camogie Season Report

MINOR CAMOIGE 2019 was always going to be a big ask as we were now in ROINN A after our great success in beating Thomastown in U16 Roinn A Final in 2018. The challenge to be competitive was made more difficult as we only had one girl up to the age of 18. Not withstanding that we had a bunch of girls who had shown great character over the past few years. So Minor 2019 would be a challenge, a year of learning and a year of maintaining our competitiveness.

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St. Canice’s CU SHC 1st Round Replay – GBC v Mullinavat 29/9/2019

All roads led to John Locke Park, Callan once again last Sunday for the replay between Graigue-Ballycallan and Mullinavat. After a thrilling encounter in horrendous conditions the previous Sunday, hopes were high that GBC could go one better on this occasion.
While GBC had the much better start in the drawn game, it was the southern opposition that sprang into life from the throw-in. Read more

U12 champions

Congratulations to our fantastic U12 team who were victorious in their mini-league final on Tuesday 24th September.
They faced John Lockes, who they had beaten earlier in the year, in what turned out to be a great game of camogie in Windgap in poor weather conditions. Read more

U12 semi final

Congratulations to our U12 team who are through to the final after a fantastic win over Dicksboro in the Semi Final last Friday 13th September. It was a superb display of camogie with fierce defending from the backs and goalie and serious scoring from all of our forwards. The determination and workrate that all players put in was phenomenal.
Final score: 9-6 to 3-2.
Scorers: Nicola Kenny 2-1, Siobhan Kenny 2-1, Joanne Brennan 2-0, Katie Ronan 2-1, Roisin Foley 1-0, Tara Cody 0-2, Mollie Conroy 0-1.
Thank you very much to all who came to support the girls. They now hope to continue their unbeaten record and bring home the title of U12 champions. They will face John Lockes in the Final. Details to be confirmed. Keep an eye on the page and texts for details regarding the final.
The future is certainly bright for St Brigid’s thanks to these young stars!

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